Deaf teen lands dream radio job

Journalism student Liam O'Dell, 18, from Ampthill, has landed a job on radio.
Journalism student Liam O'Dell, 18, from Ampthill, has landed a job on radio.

Landing your own radio show at just 18-years-old is impressive but for Liam O’Dell it is something he once thought would never be possible.

Liam, who lives in Ampthill, is mild to moderately deaf, meaning he can’t hear very well in public spaces such as bars or restaurants and prefers face-to-face conversations. He has been wearing hearing aids since the age of 13.

However, the teenager has always been interested in music and started playing the drums when he was nine. He now has his sights set on becoming a full time radio DJ after securing a slot on Siren FM in Lincoln, where he is studying journalism at university.

He said: “Some hearing people think that deaf people can’t listen to music, but that’s not always true. I can still listen to music. In fact, being deaf had made me appreciate it even more. I’m so proud to being running my own radio show.”

Liam is also an avid campaigner, having sat on the National Deaf Children’s Society’s Youth Advisory Board. As part of his role, he met with MPs and asked for services for deaf children to be improved.

Radio boss Andrew David said: “Liam is very talented and excellent at what he does.”